Wind of the Spiritby J. M. Hochstetler
Elizabeth Howard’s assignment to gain crucial intelligence for General Washington leads her into the very maw of war at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, where disaster threatens to end the American rebellion. Yet her heart is fixed on Jonathan Carleton, whose whereabouts remain unknown more than a year after he disappeared into the wilderness. Carleton, now
Elizabeth Howard’s assignment to gain crucial intelligence for General Washington leads her into the very maw of war at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, where disaster threatens to end the American rebellion. Yet her heart is fixed on Jonathan Carleton, whose whereabouts remain unknown more than a year after he disappeared into the wilderness. Carleton, now the Shawnee war chief White Eagle, is caught in a bitter war of his own. As unseen forces gather to destroy him, he leads the fight against white settlers encroaching on Shawnee lands while battling the longing for Elizabeth that will not give him peace. Can her love bridge the miles that separate themand the savage bonds that threaten to tear him forever from her arms?
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“The passion and intrigue of the American Revolution comes to life in J. M. Hochstetler’s wonderfully entertaining read Wind of the Spirit. Beautifully written and completely engaging, Wind of the Spirit will appeal to fans not just of Christian fiction, but of historical fiction as well. Not to be missed!”Michelle Moran, national bestselling author of Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution
“Filled with intrigue and adventure, love and loss, history and hope, Wind of the Spirit is a refreshingly honest expose of American truth, sparing neither the good, the bad, nor the ugly. Raw truth, coupled with gentle mercy, will carry your heart from one scene to the next."Kathi Macias, author of Special Delivery
“I love this series written by J. M. Hochstetler. . . . I’d like to see these books, The American Patriot Series, in the hands of every child in America. I think it should be required reading in every history class in the country. A story so fun and fast paced, with the background of Hochstetler’s beautifully researched look at this formative time in our country’s history. Keep them coming.”Mary Connealy, author of Out of Control
“A captivating tale of love and courage skillfully woven into the Revolutionary War, revealing all the human passions and valor that made America great.”Louise M. Gouge, author of At the Captain’s Command
Meet the Author
An award-winning author and editor, J. M. Hochstetler is the daughter of Mennonite farmers, a graduate of Indiana University, a professional editor, and a lifelong student of history. She is the author of Daughter of Liberty, Native Son, Wind of the Spirit, and Crucible of War, books 1 through 4 of the American Patriot Series, the only comprehensive historical fiction series on the American Revolution. Her contemporary novel One Holy Night was the Christian Small Publishers 2009 Book of the Year and finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Carol Award.
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The third book in the American Patriot Series by J. M. Hochstetler is out and continues the saga of Elizabeth Howard and Jonathan Carleton. If you missed either of the first two books in the series, Daughter of Liberty or Native Son, I urge you to get a copy and read it before reading WIND OF THE SPIRIT. I found the series to be an accurate representation of history and recommend it to lovers of early American history. In WIND OF THE SPIRIT, Elizabeth, also known as Oriole, continues her missions to gather information for General Washington. She misses her dear friend, Jonathan, and begins to wonder if the stories reaching her of a white Shawnee war chief called White Eagle might be Jonathan. She persuades their friend, Colonel Charles Andrews, to mount an expedition to the land of the Shawnees to see if White Eagle really is Jonathan and if so, to persuade him to return to assist the Colonials in their fight. Jonathan has been adopted into the Shawnee tribe but has enemies in the tribe who feel he has not given up his white ways. One Shawnee, Wolfslayer, would like nothing more than to kill Jonathan. WIND OF THE SPIRIT is one of those books that grab you and is difficult to put down to do other tasks. Loves of American History will find this story to mesh with actual history and will love the continuing story of Elizabeth and Jonathan. Please don't miss it.
What a great series! Joan Hochstetler has done a fantastic job with the detaikled research that she puts into this series. The characters keep me captivated no matter how many times I read the books! It's the most dedailed series I've read about the Revolution. The characters have a deep faith in God and each other no matter what they are going through! Can't wait for Book 5!
I have not had the opportunity to read the first two books in this series. Even though I missed a lot of the beginning, this book read very well on its own. The year was 1776 when Elizabeth Howard and Brigadier General Jonathan Carlton was denied the permission to wed and were sent seperate ways in order to serve in the American Revolution war, she as a spy and had to dress as a boy so that she could get closer to the enemy and find out things that they may never be able to know otherwise. Elizabeth continues to work for General George Washington and she begins to wonder if the stories reaching her of a white Shawnee war chief called White Eagle might be Jonathan. Jonathan has been adopted into the Shawnee tribe but has enemies in the tribe that feels he hasn't given up his white ways. Wolfslayer, a Shawnee would like nothing more than to kill Jonathan. Rich in history and full of adventure, romance, this book was a great read. Thanks to "Sheaf House Publishers" for sending me this book to review.
J.M. Hochstetler's third novel in the American Patriot series, WIND OF THE SPIRIT, gives us an extraordinary glimpse into history. Ramping up the pace, adventure and passion as this tale continues, British forces under General William Howe win the Battle of Brooklyn, sending the American militia into disarray. Fighting alongside her patriots, Elizabeth Howard is nearly killed when British troops capture her. Recognizing Generals Clinton and Cornwallis, Elizabeth fears they will see through her disguise and realize she is the spy, Oriole. She whistles to her horse, Night Mare, vaults onto her back and breaks free to rejoin Washington in time to escape to York Island with him. There she finds Colonel Charles Andrews, the friend of her beloved Brigadier General Jonathan Carleton. He is not only alive, Charles tells her, but also the Shawnee war chief White Eagle who has driven white settlers out of the Ohio territory. Charles convinces her to help him find Jonathan before the British can arrest and hang him for treason. With intense drama and brilliant prose, J. M. Hochstetler rivets her readers to this agonizing love story while breathing new insight into the Shawnee Indians' fierce fight for survival. Captured and forced to live among the Shawnee when they try to convince Jonathan to return with them, Elizabeth and Charles come to love the 'savages' just as Jonathan does, but White Eagles' enemy, Wolfslayer, endangers them all. In Jonathan's battle for supremacy over his Indian nemesis, Elizabeth faces he has become more Indian than white. Can she redeem him? We won't know until the next book comes out. J.M. Hochstetler has set a formidable challenge for herself as readers wait to see Elizabeth and Jonathan's love story resolved. It runs parallel to God's prime lesson: the author makes us wait for answers while teaching us patience and trust.